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E-M:/ Hunter's Point recommended for protection

Natural Resources Trust Fund board member Sam Washington was instrumental in assuring the full $560,000 amount was recommended by the board for the project this week.
COPPER HARBOR, MI - Trustees for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund have placed on their final recommendation list of projects a $560,000 grant application to purchase Copper Harbor's Hunter's Point at their December 8th meeting in Lansing. The Trust Fund's decision caps a two-year effort by Grant Township, which includes the Upper Peninsula villages of Copper Harbor and Lac LaBelle, to purchase a picturesque section of Copper Harbor's Lake Superior shoreline in order to protect it from development. ?Christmas has come early to Copper Harbor this year,? said Richard Powers, Grant Township Supervisor. ?This is very exciting news, and on behalf of the residents of Copper Harbor I would like to thank the trustees for their support.?

The grant still needs legislative approval, which is expected next year. If it comes through, the purchase is expected to take place in mid-2005.

About 30 local residents gathered at a Copper Harbor restaurant Friday night to celebrate.

"Everybody would have been so unhappy to have this taken away from us," owner Peg Kauppi said.